On December 9th, the spirit of Christmas came alive at a special Children’s Christmas Party at the Boys and Girls Club in Harbor City.  Fifty children from the Boys and Girls Club and the Volunteers of America participated in the program. The event was not just about festive decorations and Santa Claus, it was a heartwarming celebration that emphasized the joy of giving and the spirit of community.

Santa was none other than Steve Makshanoff, the president of Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates. Dressed in the iconic red suit, Santa Steve spread warmth and holiday cheer as he led the festivities, making the event even more special for the excited children.

Members and enthusiastic Key Club high school students joined forces to ensure the children had an unforgettable experience. Together, they created a festive atmosphere filled with laughter, joy, and the true spirit of Christmas.

The program kicked off with a creative session where the children crafted a personalized Christmas ornament, not just for themselves but also as a gift to give back in return for the anticipated visit from Santa. This thoughtful gesture set the tone for the day, emphasizing the joy of both giving and receiving.

After the creative session, the children gathered for a festive feast. The menu featured a delightful combination of pizza and fried chicken.

As the children finished their meals, the anticipation reached its peak with Santa’s arrival, complete with bells ringing and a hearty “Ho, ho, ho!” The children’s faces lit up with excitement as Santa distributed gifts, each carefully selected to bring a smile to every young face.

However, this was not just a typical gift-giving session. Joan Davidson, a Kiwanis member, took a moment to explain the significance of the gifts. She conveyed that these presents were not merely handouts but were earned by the children through acts of kindness. Santa Steve, in a heartwarming twist, asked each child what they planned to do in return for their gift. The message was clear: the joy of Christmas is magnified when it is shared and reciprocated.

The Children’s Christmas Party on December 9th was more than just a festive gathering; it was a celebration of generosity, community spirit, and the joy of giving. Through creative activities, shared meals, and thoughtful gift exchanges, the event succeeded in instilling valuable lessons about the true meaning of Christmas. As the children left with smiles on their faces and hearts filled with warmth, it was evident that this holiday celebration had created memories that would last a lifetime.